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Drogba denies undermining AVB

Didier Drogba has denied he had undermined Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas by giving a half-time team talk during the club's FA Cup clash with Birmingham.

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The aftermath of Saturday's 1-1 fifth-round draw saw Blues boss Villas-Boas react furiously to the insinuation star striker Drogba had circumvented his authority before coming off the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba sought to clarify the matter ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game at Napoli, explaining he was merely delivering a pep talk in the tunnel on top of Villas-Boas' usual half-time duties.

"I want to make things clear - the manager made a speech at half-time, and after that, I think he's got some leaders in the team, in the squad," said Drogba. "We're here to help him.

"We were just trying to bring the team up. We did what the manager wanted us to do and tried to apply what he was saying. Nothing more.

"People are making a big thing out of nothing."

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